AYLESBURY FC at SLOUGH PREVIEW: Boss goes back to old stomping ground

Steve Bateman previews his side's return to former club Slough Town
Steve Bateman previews his side's return to former club Slough Town

Aylesbury FC look set to play their first game since December 28 when they travel to boss Steve Bateman’s old club Slough tonight (Tuesday).

FC are hopeful of getting back into action in the Calor League Division One Central match, which was due to be played on New Year’s Day.

That game was postponed just two hours before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Berkshire club’s ground.

Bateman has a long association with the Rebels playing more than 100 games between 1994 and 1997, before managing them from 2009 and 2013.

The former Everton youth player, who operated in defence, scored six goals for Slough – the first of which somewhat ironically came in a 3-3 draw against Aylesbury United in 1996.

He said: “I have had a long association with Slough and I had several good years there as both a player and a manager.

“I remain good friends with the chairman there, and it was very much a mutual parting of the ways. I always keep an eye on how Slough are getting on because I do have a soft spot for them, but I will be going there fully focused on my job with Aylesbury FC.”

Bateman added it ‘was a shame’ the match against rivals Aylesbury United had been re-arranged for Tuesday April 1, due to the Ducks’ cup commitments.